Each Moment is Sweeter with Honeycomb

I remember the first time I tried honeycomb. I love trying new things, so I was really excited. I watched the bees as they worked on a honeycomb displayed in a glass case. There was something rather magical and beautiful about the uniform cells on the comb and the amber glow of the honey in the sunlight.

I purchased a piece in a small, plastic box at the Common Ground Fair. The taste of organic honey was so splendid. It was sweet and floral and much better than the honey found in the bear shaped bottles at the grocery store. I rarely find honeycomb locally and it has been a long time since I’ve been to the annual Common Ground Fair, so I was very excited to learn that I would be able to review Honey Land Honeycomb!

Disclaimer: I received Honey Land Honeycomb at a deep discount in exchange for my honest, and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

The Honey Land Honeycomb is the biggest piece of honeycomb that I’ve ever seen sold as a single unit. I was splendidly surprised and happy with the size of this honeycomb since I tried it and it was delicious. It was big enough to enjoy the sweet, decadent taste for days.

Love me some #honeycomb This one was huge, fresh, and delicious! #gotitatadiscount #forhonestreview

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The only downside I found with this honeycomb was the packaging. Although it proudly and beautifully displays the honeycomb, it has a plastic tape-like seal which was a bit frustrating and difficult to remove but also allowed a little of the honey to escape so the case, although well-protected in bubble-wrap, arrived a bit sticky.

This honeycomb is all-natural and organic and no pesticides or herbicides are used with the bees. Thankfully I didn’t find any dead bees in my case of honeycomb (after reading a bit more about honeycomb online, apparently, this is an issue that some people have encountered with honeycombs before); I was happy that my honeycomb arrived beautifully with none of its makers! The comb is raw and unprocessed. Pieces of the comb can be enjoyed on toast, crackers, and yogurt, but I enjoy it simply by itself. You can just break off a piece and pop it in your mouth. Chewing it for a bit releases all of the flavor and nutrients stored in the wax (you simply spit out the wax after).

Overall, this honeycomb was superb! The flavor was even better than I remembered! I would definitely recommend it to those who like honey, love honeycomb, and those who have never tried it.

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DreamZ for Dreams

I find that taking Melatonin can help me to relax and fall asleep more quickly and that it also helps me to stay asleep. Recently, I tried a natural, herbal sleep aid that also contains Melatonin (3mg) as well as other herbs DreamZ herbal sleep aid

I have tried a number of sleep aids including Melatonin, and other similar herbal remedies like DreamZ. I have found that not all are created equally.

DreamZ I found did get the job done, I was able to get to sleep and sleep through the night pretty well. I woke up in the morning feeling rested also. However, I found that when I opened these, they had a strong, sort of weird, herbal aroma (I tried another product which in comparing the labels have the exact same ingredients and identical amounts of each) but the scent was not as strong as DreamZ. I found the smell and after-taste that I experienced with these a bit off-putting which is why I am giving these a 3 out of 5 stars “it’s okay”. They get the job done but I’m not a fan of the smell and after-taste. I also typically take 5mg of Melatonin and these contain 3mg, so I took 2 of these each night; I wish they had options to select a different level of Melatonin for those that need a little more.

Disclaimer: I received DreamZ for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

Cellphone Camera Lens Kit

I love technology and gadgets! I also love taking pictures! I may take too many pictures with my cellphone. Although I have a DLSR camera, I often use the camera on my iPhone. A lot of times, it is just more convenient than to lug around a camera bag. Also, when I take pics from my iPhone I can post directly to instagram and other social media sites, or I can share directly with family and friends.

I was very excited to learn that I was selected to review the Zeso Cellphone Camera Lens Kit.

Discliamer: I received the Zeso Cellphone Camera Lens kit for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

This lens kit comes with 3 different lenses – a macro, fisheye, and wide angle lens. They easily screw into the provided Zeso clip and the clip simply clips to your phone (like a clothespin). Easy peasy.

I gave this lens kit a test recently with my iPhone 6s after I bought a new car (well, I’m leasing but yeah…). It had also rained so the droplets of water collected on the car which made for some fun pics with the macro lens. The fisheye was also pretty fun!

I found that with the macro, I had to get extremely close and then do my best to be still while I took the picture which proved a bit challenging. I was able to get most of the pic in focus, but sometimes it was difficult to get all of it to be really crisp and clear.

The set comes with a nice travel case with padding and cutouts inside to securely store the lenses. The macro and wide-angle lens are screwed together so they together have one lens cap, and the fisheye has another lens cap. The set also comes with a small, black, drawstring pouch. Given the padded, zippered case with carabiner, I didn’t think that the drawstring was necessary and I don’t think I will use it. I wish that instead, it came with a cleaning cloth which I think would prove more useful for this set. My lenses came with some smudges or film of some sort. Luckily I had cleaning cloths on hand for my regular camera so I just used that to give these lenses a quick wipe-down.

I think this kit would be great for photography lovers, as well as travelers. As I said earlier, bringing a DSLR on the go is nice to be able to snap good quality pictures but babysitting and toting the camera around is not always so fun or convenient. Living in Maine, I also spend a lot of time thinking about if I should be bringing my camera with me certain times because I don’t want to leave it in my car for any length of time in the winter. I think that this kit would be great to bring on trips because it’s all contained in a small container. It would be too bad if it got lost with luggage or stolen on a trip persay, but because it is much more affordable than expensive camera equipment, I also think this would make it ideal for travel. It also helps to take some better and more interesting pictures with your cellphone which is really neat!

I would definitely recommend this kit to others interested in taking pictures with their cell phones (and because of its design, it can fit just about any phone!).

Shake Like a Boss

Sometimes you have to shake like a boss! Okay, okay… you don’t have to, but you won’t regret it when you do! Today is my last day of classes for the fall semester. It also happens to be my husband’s last day of finals as well. To bid the semester goodbye and welcome summer break, I think I’ll be doing a little more shaking with this sweet new Cocktail Shaker Set that I received from ShikShook!

Disclaimer: I received the ShikShook Cocktail Shaker Set for free in exchange for my honest, and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

When I was in college, I bought myself a nice shaker set which came with a stainless steel shaker with a rubber grip, a jigger, a strainer, and stirrer. Although this set does not have a separate strainer or stirrer, the shaker itself of course has a strainer, and instead, this set comes with 2 liquor bottle pourers which is a nice bonus. The set is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. It is also lifetime and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. It comes with an ebook of 100 drink recipes that pairs well with this set (great for beginners and more advanced mixologists and consumers).

ShikShook Cocktail Set

The ShikShook Shaker, jigger, and pourers come in stainless steel which will not rust. The shaker is nice and big (24 oz.) to hold plenty of ice and plenty of liquid. Each piece is monogrammed with the ShikShook logo which makes for a classy look.

ShikShook Strainer

The set also come with a black monogrammed fabric bag which is quite large and can be used to store the entire kit with plenty or room to spare for some nips, cards, or other small bar items. Alternatively, you could use the bag to gift a bottle along with the set.

ShikShook Bag

Personally, I don’t need the bag, or would prefer it to be smaller to just contain the jigger and the shaker. I also wish that it had a rubberized hand-grip on the shaker to help me maintain a good grip on the shaker without my hand getting cold.

Overall, I do really like this set and would recommend it for personal use or as a gift.

When Your Hearing is Important But You Want to Really Enjoy Your Music

Believe it or not, hearing health is something that I think about often. I cover sensation and perception in psychology, including hearing. And my husband suffers from hearing loss from his military experience as well. It can be really frustrating when I hear a noise at night or my car is making a “funny sound” but he can’t hear it. I know it’s also really frustrating to us both when he can’t hear me at times as well.

Now that hearing loss is closer to me, preventing hearing loss has become even more important to me. When I came across Snug Play+ Kids Volume Limiting Headphones, I knew that I needed to check them out.

Although these volume limiting headphones are designed for children, they would fit some adults. They are adjustable. With the headband fully extended, they fit me just fine. They are nice quality. The ear cushions are very comfortable. The headband also has a nice cushion at the top (inside the headband) which makes them really comfortable to wear. The volume still gets to be reasonably loud. I don’t like my music too loud through headphones. These made music loud enough to really enjoy listening without feeling like your harming your hearing.

Using these volume limiting headphones could help you to enjoy music or audio from movies, etc while preserving your hearing health. You can also listen at a good volume without bothering those around you as the earphones provide good insulation as well.

They come in a good selection of colors. I chose the gray so it would be gender neutral and my niece and nephews could all enjoy taking a turn using them. They fold up so they can be stored easily and travel with you without concern of breaking.

I would definitely recommend these to those with children or adults with up to a medium sized head.

Disclaimer: I received these SnugPlay + kids headphones for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

Be a Bear in the Kitchen


Once it warms up, I like to cook on the grill a lot. Recently, I was able to try some Culinary Claws which are kitchen and grill tools designed like bear claws. Not only do they make kitchen and grill jobs easier, but also more fun.

bear claws

Disclaimer: I received Culinary Claws in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

My family loves pulled pork, but I rarely make it because shredding pork is a bit difficult as it hurts my hands to shred it with forks. I found that they made shredding pork much easier by holding the chunk of meat still with one of the claws and dragging the other claw across the meat. These claws also make shredding meat and tossing salads more fun because, like me, you will probably want to pretend to be a bear (unless it is just me or if you prefer to be Wolverine). Either way these claws will probably make your kitchen and grill work easier and more fun. These claws are made of hard, durable plastic, and they are easy to clean as they can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher. For these reasons, I would recommend them for shredding meat, tossing salads, or flipping meat on the grill.

Staying Cool with Bamboo Sheets

Now that the snow is gone and there are no more threats of flurries in the near future, Spring has brought rain. April and May often bring rainy, gray, dreary days to Maine. I’m rather tired of the rain already, but I will appreciate the lush green grass it will give us. Soon enough, summer will be upon us and it will be time to roll out the air conditioner and spend evenings by the fire-pit.

When it heats up, I am sure that I will appreciate my new Cariloha Bamboo Sheets even more. Not only are they some of the softest sheets I’ve ever had, but they have a nice, luxurious texture and weight to them. AND they help you stay nice and cool! Speaking of cool, they come in a variety of colors including white, sage, ivory, sandy shore, and bahama blue. (I got Bahama Blue which is a dark, rich blue).

They are organic sheets made with 100% Viscose from Bamboo. We’ve tried other organic sheets made with Eucalyptus; they were very nice and soft but after a number of washes  began to shred and did not have the luxurious weight and cooling feel that these bamboo sheets have.

Not only are the Cariloha Bamboo Sheets great quality, but they also come with a  Lifetime Quality Guarantee. As stated on Cariloha’s Company Website: “If you’re not completely satisfied with the quality, we’ll exchange the item(s) for you. Visit Return.Cariloha.com or contact us at 1.800.884.5815.”

And in case you are a skeptic, you can try them virtually risk-free because “If you don’t fall in love with the softness of the bamboo fabric (made of viscose from bamboo), return it within 90 days for a full refund, less shipping charges.” (Really though, I think the biggest risk is going to be that you’re going to want to buy another set after you try them.)

The only downside I found was that one of the pillowcases had a little loose threading or a mis-stitch. (Since typing this, I thought I’d explore the Return link and it says I would have to return the whole set because a whole new set would be sent out.) At this point, it’s not really a big deal to me, because I’m really enjoying those sheets being ON my bed.

Overall, I love these sheets and would definitely recommend them to anyone!!!

Disclaimer: I received Cariloha’s Classic Bamboo Sheet Set at a deep discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

 

I finally found the perfect case for my iPad Mini!

I have been looking for an iPad Mini case that suits me and my iPad Mini well for a very long time. I was very excited to receive the BATTOP iPad Mini Rotatable Bluetooth Keyboard Case to review.

Disclaimer: I received this BATTOP iPad Mini Rotatable Bluetooth Keyboard Case for free in exchange for my honest, and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.

I found that it is a perfect fit for me. It offers protection and increased ease of use with my iPad Mini, and I feel the price is very reasonable (although I did receive mine for free for testing purposes). It was very easy to setup.

When I am away from home, I sometimes like to pack lighter by leaving my laptop behind. As a community college instructor, I like that this keyboard case makes it easier for me to type on my iPad Mini which is helpful when responding to emails when I am away from home.

I like that this keyboard offers a home screen button in the upper left-hand corner which makes it convenient to flip through screens when you are using the iPad opened up like a laptop. When you want to switch to using the iPad Mini in portrait layout, just swivel the iPad around and it lays flat against the keyboard. You can also turn it to show someone else pictures, etc on your screen.

I like the material of the outer case, it has a silicone feel to it which feels nice but also helps to grip the table or desk surface that you put it on. It seems that my case may have been stored with incense as my case came with a very strong aroma. Luckily, it is a scent that I like but I think it would really bother some people, especially those with allergies or sensitivity to scents.

I love this keyboard case, and I appreciate that it offers peace of mind with a 1 year warranty which includes refund or replacement if I encounter quality issues in the future. I would definitely recommend it.

Mondays Need to Come with More Massages

Mondays can be rough, especially spring Mondays in Maine. After winter has finally ceased, spring arrives with either bright, sunny, warm days or raw, gray, rainy days. Either way, it makes it difficult sometimes to find the motivation to go to school or work. I half-expected that Steve wouldn’t go to school today since it is a gray, rainy day and he’s been sore for the past couple of days. He suffers from a lot of back and neck pain. Perhaps, I’ll give him a backrub later to help ease the pain, and reward his hard work. (Not only is he doing well in school, but he just landed his top pick for an internship! I’m so proud of him!!)

This weekend, my husband and I tested out this Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil, which I was excited to receive. (It can be purchased risk free with confidence; the company offers that if you are not satisfied with this product, simply contact them within 60 days for a refund.) Steve and I used this oil as massage oil. We both were very pleased with it.
It is clear, and smooth. It is not heavy or greasy. It absorbed well into the skin. It leaves the skin feeling smooth, moisturized, and pleasant. We did not find it to be sticky like some other massage products.

I am happy with the product and will keep it and continue using it. It does not have a scent, although I wish it did. I understand that it can be mixed with essential oils to gain a scent.

The bottle that I received did not have a shampoo bottle type of clear cap like in the picture on Amazon. My bottle came with a black metal screw on cap. It also came with a plastic pump. The pump works well and only dispenses the amount that I am trying to get out of it by pressing down. The oil did not leak out on its own. The bottle was packed in a plastic bag inside of the Amazon box which would have safeguarded against leaks. However, my bottle arrived in perfect sealed condition without any leaks or issue.

I would recommend this oil to anyone interested in making their own massage oils. It would also be great for other recipes, however, it is for external use only.

Disclaimer: I received Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil for free in exchange for my honest, and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.